Archives For Christmas

Christmas Eve. A night of wonder and anticipation. Over 2,000 years ago a man and his young (very pregnant) bride traveled through the cold desert only to find no room at the Inn. They were full of anticipation for the baby that was about to make His entry. This was no ordinary baby. This was the prophesied King and He was about to make a very unique entrance.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

My Christmas wish for you is this: That you would be overcome with anticipation for what Jesus wants to do in your life. That you would walk into each day with acknowledgement of this amazing gift that was humbly given to us over 2,000 years ago.

One of my favorite Christmas songs celebrates the coming of the King – I love this rendition and wanted to share it with you this Christmas.

May you be blessed this and full of anticipation this wonderful Christmas Eve!

Fairy Tales and Christmas

December 18, 2014 — 2 Comments
Photo Credit: Iryna Yeroshko

Photo Credit: Iryna Yeroshko

We live in a world filled with wonderful stories, fairy tales and fables. From mythology to mysticism and fantasy to fiction, the choice is abundant. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a story. We get enraptured with the characters and the adventure of it all. Then, we remember, it is just a story and nothing more.

My fear, is that many people treat Christmas exactly the same way. For a few short weeks of the year, we get excited about this amazing story of a baby born in a manger – the angels, the shepherds, the inn – all of it is almost intoxicating. The idea that the King of the Universe would be born alongside a donkey in a smelly stable, you can’t help but be captivated by it all.

During this season we put our guard down and delve into this story. Christmas comes and goes, and quickly many forget that this was not just some folk tale but rather the triumphant entrance of God into humanity to begin the process of salvation for all.

The story of Christmas doesn’t end with a mother swaddling her precious little one in a stable that cold night in Bethlehem. The story of Christmas continues for over 30 years and ends on a dark lonely hill where that same baby is hung on a cross.

The ultimate gift.

As He cried out “It is Finished” and was raised three days later – the greatest gift in the History of the world was revealed – salvation for all.

I love the the festivities of Christmas. The lights, the smells, the parties; I love it all. But, let’s not forget that it is not just a simple story about a baby in a manger. You cannot lump this tale in with the likes of “The Night before Christmas” and read it on December 24th in order check your box of “Christmas Tradition”. One of those is nothing more than a child’s tale while the other is the living, breathing answer to life’s greatest question.

This Christmas, let us all make a commitment to remember not just the birth of that little baby, but the full adventure He took from the lessons He taught to the willing sacrifice He gave. The true gift of Christmas was just that – Jesus gave you and I salvation – don’t miss that key point of the story.

Question: How do you stay focused on the Truth of Christmas?

 

 

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For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

The Christmas story is so simple, yet so completely divine. Our salvation and our redemption enters the world not with pomp and circumstance but as a helpless baby, born in a barn and surrounded by livestock. You could look at this from the outside and ponder the reasoning for such an entrance. After all, He is the King, the creator of Heaven and Earth, He existed before time began and His entrance to Earth is lacking showmanship.

It is in that beautiful simple story that we see the true intentions of our God. He did not come to “rule” or “dominate” over us, but rather to be with us and form relationship with us. Jesus started on this Earth just like you and I and dwelt among us.

Holidays can always bring a mix of emotions; we miss the loved ones that are no longer with us, we reflect back on the year’s success’ or failures and we look ahead to the hope of a new year.

This Christmas, pause and look at the names that He was given in Isaiah 9:6 – Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Who do you need Jesus to be for you this season? Do you need Him as a counselor or perhaps as a father? Or maybe you need the Prince of Peace this Season?

Whatever it is you need this Christmas, I know we serve a God who simply desires to have relationship with you. Take a much needed break to reflect on what He has done for you this year. Enjoy some time with the One who simply desires relationship with you.

May the Love of God bless you this Christmas in a new and profound way!

Question: What is your family tradition to keep Jesus as the meaning of Christmas?